Corona vaccination possible in exceptional cases after 4 months



The Corona booster vaccination (“third stitch”) can be carried out earlier than six months after the second stitch in justified exceptional cases – namely after four months. The exceptions include, for example, two vaccinations with Astra Zeneca, going on a longer journey or a particularly high risk of exposure. This emerges from the recommendations of the National Vaccination Committee, which are now also available in written form.

“Falling below the recommended vaccination interval of six months makes sense in justified exceptional cases and can be done after appropriate information and documentation (off-label),” says the recommendations of the National Vaccination Committee (NIG), which were published on the homepage of the Ministry of Health on Thursday evening became.

The body had released the third corona vaccination on Tuesday, six months after the second sting, for all people over the age of 18. This was justified with the decreasing vaccination protection. Until then, vaccination was not recommended for the general population until nine months after the second stitch.

The booster was only approved by the NIG from the sixth month onwards only for older people aged 65 and over, residents of old people’s homes and nursing homes, high-risk patients or those vaccinated with two doses of Astra Zeneca, as well as certain occupational groups with a high risk of infection (medical staff, educators). For this group of people it is now “urgently recommended” to carry out the third stitch from the sixth month if possible. However, according to the Covid Regulation, falling below the interval of less than 120 days (four months) is not counted as a third vaccination.

Same vaccine preferred

In principle, according to the recommendations, mRNA vaccines should be used for the third vaccination. “The same vaccine as for the previous immunizations should preferably be used (homologous vaccination scheme)”. The Moderna vaccine should only be used for refreshment for people over the age of 30. All younger people are advised to use Pfizer / Biontech for refresher courses because of “preliminary uncertainty about an increased risk of myocarditis or pericarditis after Spikevax vaccination” in younger people.

People who have been vaccinated once with the vaccine from Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) should receive a further vaccination at least 28 days apart, preferably Pfizer / Biontech or, for people over 30, Moderna should be used; however, Janssen can also be used again. The vaccine was originally designed so that only one prick should be required. According to the experts, the vaccination protection has decreased too quickly. The panel also assumes “that, as with all other vaccines, further vaccination with an mRNA vaccine will be required after 6 months”.

The recommendations also state that it is not necessary to keep an interval between other vaccinations. “The simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other live or dead vaccines (including influenza vaccines) is possible and useful (different vaccination center).” Before and after (plannable) operations, there should be a minimum interval of 14 days to the vaccination. However, if there is an urgent indication, an operation can be carried out at any time.

With regard to vaccination breakthroughs, the recommendation is not to have any further vaccinations in the event of a symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection or an asymptomatic infection (after a complete first series of vaccinations with two vaccinations). (apa)


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